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British Embassy Worker Found Dead Near Beirut

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 14:35

Rebecca Dykes was reportedly found on a roadside the same day she was due to fly home to the U.K.

Virginia Woman Mauled To Death By Her Pit Bulls During Walk In Woods, Says Sheriff

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 13:48

"In my 40 years of law enforcement I've never seen anything quite like it," said the Goochland County Sheriff. "I hope I never see anything like it again."

Astronaut Trio Heads For Space Station To Continue Scientific Research

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 11:45

The astronauts from the U.S., Russia and Japan blasted off early Sunday and are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday.

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Teachers Around The Country React To Investigation Into Ballou High School

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 11:32

We've heard from teachers nationwide about our investigation into Ballou High School. They say they see the same where they are: chronic absenteeism and pressure on teachers to pass students.

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Secret Pentagon Program Spent Millions To Research UFOs

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 09:29

A Pentagon program spent $22 million researching "unidentified aerial phenomena," according to multiple reports. It was backed by former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.

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Post-María, A Key Ecosystem In Puerto Rico Faces Slow Recovery

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 08:00

El Yunque National Forest is a world-renowned research site and one of the U.S. territory's top tourist attractions. The hurricane hit the rainforest hard, and it remains closed until further notice.

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3 Ways Trump Or His Allies Might Try To Disrupt The Mueller Russia Probe

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 07:00

Republican allies of the White House are setting the stage to disrupt the investigation of Russia special counsel Robert Mueller. Here are some ways they might try — and why it will be difficult.

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Holiday Parties Gone Wrong: Careful Where You Hang The Mistletoe

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 06:00

This year some employers are more nervous than usual about making sure holiday parties are free of any sexual harassment. Employment attorneys are advising clients on how to avoid problems.

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Southern California Fire Forces New Evacuations, Threatens Coastal Communities

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 20:35

The Thomas Fire has raged for nearly two weeks and on Saturday, new evacuation orders were issued in Santa Barbara County. A local zoo was preparing to move some of its animals out of the danger zone.

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Democrat Ruben Kihuen Won't Seek Re-Election Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 18:04

Kihuen's announcement comes a day after the House Ethics Committee said it opened a probe looking into the harassment allegations leveled at the 37-year-old freshman congressman from Nevada.

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Brexit Is One Step Closer As EU Agrees To Talk About U.K. Trade

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 16:32

European Union leaders have agreed to discuss the process by which the U.K. will leave the EU. The talks focus on the trade relationship Britain will have with the EU in the future. Guest host Ray Suarez speaks with NPR's Frank Langfitt about whether Brexit has entered a point of no return.

Weighing The Impact Of Repealing The Health Insurance Mandate

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 16:32

The tax bill being considered by Congress includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News talks to guest host Ray Suarez about how that could affect the health insurance market.

What It Took To Convince Final Holdouts To Support The GOP Tax Bill

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 16:32

Republicans seem to have secured enough votes to pass their tax bill next week. It marks the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades. Guest host Ray Suarez speaks with NPR's Kelsey Snell about the bill.

Pope Begs Journalists To Avoid 'Sins Of Communication'

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 16:03

He will also dedicate his annual communication message next year to the topic of "fake news."

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Trump Administration Reportedly Instructs CDC On Its Own Version Of 7 Dirty Words

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 12:14

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysts have been told to omit words such as "vulnerable," "transgender" and "evidence-based" from an upcoming budget. Critics say it amounts to censorship.

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New Austrian Government Will Have A Far-Right Tilt

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:45

The country's chancellor finalized a deal Friday to form a governing coalition with a party that has Nazi roots.

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Cabela's Sale Sends Ripples of Anxiety Through Rural Nebraska Town

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 08:00

The sale of the outdoor retail giant to rival Bass Pro Shops has folks in Sidney, Neb., wrestling with the notion of becoming just another struggling rural American town.

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Saudi Banks And Businesses Feel Effects Of High-Profile Detentions

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 08:00

Saudi banks and businesses are feeling the effects of the government's detention of some of its wealthiest citizens. But the government stands to gain billions if detainees opt to buy their freedom.

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She Escaped The Shooter's Bullets In Las Vegas, But Her Mental Scars Remain

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 07:48

Melissa Barham went to the Jason Aldean concert with her family. They all escaped without physical injury, but Barham is wrestling with the emotional aftereffects, especially during the holidays.

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Black Farmers Are Sowing The Seeds Of Health And Empowerment

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 07:48

More than nine of 10 farm owners in the U.S. are white. A movement to change that is selling farming to people of color as a healthy lifestyle — and a way to fight discrimination.

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